Agency Republic, the Omnicom-owned digital agency, has unveiled its
launch work for Boots' Pure Beauty brand.
Pure Beauty, a chain of stores that will stock premium beauty products,
is opening its first outlets to coincide with London Fashion Week.
The launch creative includes a poster showing an eye forming a smile
accompanied by the line: "Pure beauty is a feeling." The smile will
feature on all launch activity including outdoor, targeted mailings to
Boots Advantage cardholders and online activity on the Handbag and Conde
The creative is the first stage of a broader campaign that will try to
conjure up feelings of beauty rather than just a basic look. Boots is
initially rolling out eight stores at a cost of £15 million and,
during this process, the creative will emphasise different emotions
including naughtiness and playfulness.
Rob Scott, the creative director at Agency Republic, said: "During early
research when we were presenting the Pure Beauty concept to women, their
overwhelming response was to smile, because the store offers what they
The campaign will support the stores launched before Christmas. J.
Walter Thompson, which was appointed alongside Agency Republic, will
handle advertising further down the line.
Agency Republic has also developed a series of store events, including
themed evenings based on the television show Sex and the City.
Boots plans to launch up to 65 stores if the initial trial is
The shops will stock upmarket brands including Estee Lauder and
Pure Beauty has been launched because Boots sees the opportunity to
increase spend on beauty products in the UK. Consumers here currently
spend less on cosmetics and beauty products than those in other European
The campaign was art directed by Rob Scott and the copywriter was Steve
Jackson. It was produced by the Picture Production Company. Media is
being handled by MindShare.